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Pristine FairwaysSome visitors, and residents for that matter, might be surprised to learn that Singapore has close to 20 golf clubs, some with two or more 18-hole courses. Most are private, however there are currently three nine hole and one 18-hole public designs. Two of the better private clubs are Sentosa Golf and Tanah Merah Country Clubs which spare no expense when it comes to their maintenance and upkeep.
SENTOSA GOLF CLUB
Sentosa is home to Asia’s biggest national golf tournament, the Barclays Singapore Open. Dubbed ‘Asia’s Major’, it is played on its Serapong course which was tweaked to the tune of S$12 million last year. Both the Ron Fream-designed Serapong and Max Wexler-designer Tanjong are designed for championship play and as membership is still the highest in Singapore (around S$230,000), jump at the chance to play if a current member offers. A round here is one to be remembered.
Tee off on the fairways of two beautiful golf courses bordered by rainforests and the South China Sea. This exclusive club features two 18-hole courses and is regarded as one of Asia's best golf destinations. Its members include overseas politicians and Singapore’s high society. It is home to the Barclays Singapore Open - Asia’s richest national Open and is also a popular venue for premier events such as the annual Forbes 'Best Under a Billion' Awards Ceremony and Dinner.
27 Bukit Manis Road • (65) 6275 0022 • www.sentosagolf.com • 7am – 7pm daily • Harbour Front (NE1/CC29)
Tanah Merah Country Club
Tanah Merah Country Club’s Garden course, current venue for
the HSBC Women’s Champions, is one of the best in the region,
and lives up to its name with a huge variety of trees, lakes, shrubs
and tropical foliage. Rounds here and on its Tampines course come
Jurong Country Club
One of the delightful things about playing at Jurong Country Club is that it’s a strictly walking course – a rarity in Singapore. Not only do you have more time to appreciate your surroundings, but you get some exercise along its undulating fairways at the same time. There are two options – you can pull a trolley along at your own pace or hire a professionally-trained caddy who drives behind you with your clubs on specially-designed motorized stand-up buggies. The 18-hole par-72 layout is split into two distinctive halves, with the front nine covering heavily wooded hills while the back nine opens up onto much greener and wider fairways. Another reason to play Jurong is that it’s one of the few island courses to offer night golf, so you can tee off after dark in the cool, tropical evenings.
For beginners or those with limited time, the club has a five-hole executive course to play on. Other facilities include two pro shops, a driving range, tennis and squash courts, three swimming pools, gym, two storey clubhouse and a number of food and beverage outlets.
ORCHID COUNTRY CLUB
Set against the scenic waterways of Seletar Reservoir, the club features three 9-hole courses boasting immaculately manicured fairways and greens. Also on site is a 160-bay driving range, one of the biggest in Southeast Asia, featuring a state-of-the-art ball retrieval system. Night golfing is also available; first flight is at 4.30pm and last flight 6.30pm. The course is members only, but guests may call in with their requests to play. Approval is based on availability.
1 Orchid Club Road • (65) 6750 2111 / (65) 6755 9811 • www.orchidclub.com • 6am – 11pm daily (Golf course), 7.30am – 12 midnight daily (Driving range). Driving range is closed on 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month (7am – 12 noon) for maintenance